Monday, March 30, 2009

Charleston Fashion Week: Bigger, better

Models take the final walk during the Troubadour show as part of the Emerging Designers show Saturday at Charleston Fashion Week.

Three years in, Charleston Fashion Week doesn't show any signs of slowing down. This year was bigger than the two previous in attendance and star power. Organizers said they expect attendance figures to hover near 5,000 for the week-long event.

Among the celebs on hand: designers Cynthia Rowley, Mary Norton, Charlottean (and former CFW Emerging Designer competitor) Ashley Reid and Mychael Knight, Lacoste USA CEO Robert Seigel, costume designer Dana Campbell and Wayne Newton.

Charlotte had connections all over the event -- Emerging Designer contender Lindsey Carter is the co-founder of Carter Humphrey, a sporty/fashion line based in Charlotte. Jewelry from Jane Pope, formerly of the Queen City, accompanied ED clothing on the runway.

Swimwear designer Maria Dobrzanska Reeves won the ED competition.

The polished Charleston event left me wondering what it would take for Charlotte to have the same experience. Charlotte Fashion Week got off to a shaky start last year in September. Event organizers recently announced plans to hold the event again.

What does Charlotte need to put together an event on par with Charleston Fashion Week?


  1. For one, I think the Observer should have provided better coverage. Despite three days of runway shows, there was only one brief mention about one of the nights - and even then, it was to complain about spectators and their reactions to the plus size show. At the very least, there should have been a review of each of the runway shows. And why is it this paper has slideshows of every fashion week in the world EXCEPT the one in their home city? Charlotte's designers deserved much better coverage than they got. Start there.

  2. I think it could have been publicized and organized better. I think Charlotte and boutiques should embrace the event. In Charleston, the Charleston Magazine was a key sponsor and really "put on" the show. They worked with the boutiques and a local make-up/hair salon who worked with all the models. I went to an info session here in Charlotte and it just didnt seem very professionally orchestrated. I would also look into making it more like a real fashion week...outside in tents, swag bags, etc.